Jul 31, 2018

Giotto Stoppino

Giotto Stoppino, a designer to be remembered

His name isn’t as well-known as Achille Castiglioni’s or Franco Albini’s, and yet Giotto Stoppino is a designer that deserves to be rediscovered. Born in Vigenvano in 1926 and passed away in 2011 in the same city, Milan, where he has worked all his life, Stoppino has been one of the architects that inspired the Neoliberty, the architectural movement that – in the 50s – ruled our country, and that was the answer to the international modernism that, at that time, was extremely popular.


As an architect, Giotto Stoppino signed many projects: buildings, offices, the headquarters of the Banca Popolare di Novara in Bra, textile factories. In Milan, he created buildings in Via Palmanova, Via Cassoni, and Via Desiderio. He had been a member of ADI (Association for Industrial Design) since 1960, he was one of the board members of the association, and he was president from 1982 to 1984. But it’s mostly his projects and his design products that conquered the heart and got engraved in the memory of the Italians (and others), so much that he was nominated for two Compasso d’Oro awards (in 1960 and 1970) and won two Compasso d’oro (in 1979 for the Acerbis’ Sheraton cabinet and in 1991 for Olivari’s Alessia handles). Over the years, the designer worked with some really important Italian and international companies such as Kartell, Rexite, Acerbis, Zanotta, and Driade. And then firms such as Heller New York, Raak Amsterdam, Uchida Tokyo, la Rinascente. Without counting the many Triennale di Milano he took part in, and the exhibition “Italy: The New Domestic Landscape”, which was showcased in the New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1972 and which is still to this day remembered as one of the most relevant design exhibitions.

Today, the name Giotto Stoppino is linked to two main projects: the 537 Arteluce lamp, exhibited in the New York’s MoMA permanent collection, and the Sheraton cabinet, which can be admired at the London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. The Deda vase, with its sinuous lines and its unique design that is the perfect mix between a spiral and a wedges composition, made the history of design as well. Last but not least, the 4676 magazine rack designed for Kartell: Stoppino was one of the very first designers to use plastic to create his objects, and he owes most of his popularity to Kartell. Which we still hear about.

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